You Can Do the Right Things and Still Fail

“My farm was a little too high up for growing coffee.” Karen Blixen (1885–1962) begins her chapter “Hard Times” with a statement of surrender. This unyielding truth had brought a life both foreign and familiar, beautiful and dangerous, wearisome yet rewarding to a punctilious end. But Blixen’s memoir Out of Africa (1937) does not wrapContinue reading “You Can Do the Right Things and Still Fail”

An Open Letter to Those Suffering in the Hospital

Dear Friend, You’ve leaned into your faith so many times before. When fears have stirred you to wakefulness, you’ve turned to Scripture for assurance of God’s love. When anxiety has troubled you, you’ve sung hymns, recited the liturgy, and prayed with your brothers and sisters in Christ. You’ve learned to run to the Lord whenContinue reading “An Open Letter to Those Suffering in the Hospital”

Burdening Ourselves to Death

I have several friends in ministry who recently unplugged from social media. When a particular flashbulb, social media incident precipitated angst and outrage on “Christian twitter,” my friends remained calm and steady. When I asked if they had heard about such and such an occurrence, they nonchalantly shrugged it off. I was envious of theContinue reading “Burdening Ourselves to Death”